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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429629/developing-indicators-of-appropriate-and-inappropriate-end-of-life-care-in-people-with-alzheimer-s-disease-cancer-or-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-for-population-level-administrative-databases-a-rand-ucla-appropriateness-study
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Robrecht De Schreye, Dirk Houttekier, Luc Deliens, Joachim Cohen
BACKGROUND: A substantial amount of aggressive life-prolonging treatments in the final stages of life has been reported for people with progressive life-shortening conditions. Monitoring appropriate and inappropriate end-of-life care is an important public health challenge and requires validated quality indicators. AIM: To develop indicators of appropriate and inappropriate end-of-life care for people with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or Alzheimer's disease, measurable with population-level administrative data...
April 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424996/-quality-assurance-of-pain-care-in-austria-classification-of-management-facilities
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REVIEW
Wolfgang Jaksch, Rudolf Likar, Erika Folkes, Klaus Machold, Friedrich Herbst, Katharina Pils, Peter Stippl, Sandra Lettner, Mildred Alfons, Richard Crevenna, Christian Wiederer, Janina Dieber, Reinhold Glehr
In Austria there is no nationwide coverage of pain management, which meets even approximately international criteria. At present there are about 30 interdisciplinary pain management offices and clinics providing care according to a concept of the Austrian Pain Society (ÖSG), about 10 other outpatient pain clinics are located in district and country hospitals. A few years ago, there still were about 50 pain clinics. Yet closure of outpatient clinics and cost-cutting measures in the health sector jeopardize adequate pain relief for patients with chronic pain conditions...
April 19, 2017: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420324/evaluation-of-a-technology-enhanced-integrated-care-model-for-frail-older-persons-protocol-of-the-spec-study-a-stepped-wedge-cluster-randomized-trial-in-nursing-homes
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Hongsoo Kim, Yeon-Hwan Park, Young-Il Jung, Hyoungshim Choi, Seyune Lee, Gi-Soo Kim, Dong-Wook Yang, Myunghee Cho Paik, Tae-Jin Lee
BACKGROUND: Limited evidence exists on the effectiveness of the chronic care model for people with multimorbidity. This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of an information and communication technology- (ICT-)enhanced integrated care model, called Systems for Person-centered Elder Care (SPEC), for frail older adults at nursing homes. METHODS/DESIGN: SPEC is a prospective stepped-wedge cluster randomized trial conducted at 10 nursing homes in South Korea. Residents aged 65 or older meeting the inclusion/exclusion criteria in all the homes are eligible to participate...
April 18, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413630/patient-healthcare-trajectory-an-essential-monitoring-tool-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jessica Pinaire, Jérôme Azé, Sandra Bringay, Paul Landais
BACKGROUND: Patient healthcare trajectory is a recent emergent topic in the literature, encompassing broad concepts. However, the rationale for studying patients' trajectories, and how this trajectory concept is defined remains a public health challenge. Our research was focused on patients' trajectories based on disease management and care, while also considering medico-economic aspects of the associated management. We illustrated this concept with an example: a myocardial infarction (MI) occurring in a patient's hospital trajectory of care...
December 2017: Health Information Science and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412054/community-pharmacy-transition-of-care-services-and-rural-hospital-readmissions-a-case-study
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Allison P Patton, Yifei Liu, D Matthew Hartwig, Justin R May, Jessica Moon, Steven C Stoner, Kendall D Guthrie
OBJECTIVES: To explore community pharmacist involvement in the transition of care (TOC) process for patients discharged with acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF), pneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), or elective total hip or knee arthroplasty (THA/TKA). SETTING: Patients discharged from a 60-bed acute care hospital located in rural Missouri were seen by a community pharmacist in 2 independent community pharmacy chain locations...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411833/atopic-dermatitis-and-comorbidities-added-value-of-comprehensive-dermatoepidemiology
#6
Tamar Nijsten
Atopic dermatitis is common and in its severe form is devastating. This chronic inflammatory dermatosis is part of the atopic syndrome, which includes asthma, food allergies, and hay fever and is known to be associated with mental health disorders. In line with psoriasis, several recent observational studies using national survey and linkage data have suggested a link between atopic dermatitis and cardiovascular disease. The atopic dermatitis field can benefit from the past experiences in psoriasis research and should not follow the same path, but, rather, aim for a more comprehensive approach from the beginning...
May 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406489/consensus-recommendation-for-a-diagnostic-guideline-for-acid-sphingomyelinase-deficiency
#7
Margaret M McGovern, Carlo Dionisi-Vici, Roberto Giugliani, Paul Hwu, Olivier Lidove, Zoltan Lukacs, Karl Eugen Mengel, Pramod K Mistry, Edward H Schuchman, Melissa P Wasserstein
Disclaimer:This diagnostic guideline is intended as an educational resource and represents the opinions of the authors, and is not representative of recommendations or policy of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG). The information should be considered a consensus based on expert opinion, as more comprehensive levels of evidence were not available in the literature in all cases. BACKGROUND: Acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD) is a rare, progressive, and often fatal lysosomal storage disease...
April 13, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403765/the-australasian-society-for-infectious-diseases-and-refugee-health-network-of-australia-recommendations-for-health-assessment-for-people-from-refugee-like-backgrounds-an-abridged-outline
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Nadia J Chaves, Georgia A Paxton, Beverley-Ann Biggs, Aesen Thambiran, Joanne Gardiner, Jan Williams, Mitchell M Smith, Joshua S Davis
In 2009, the Australasian Society of Infectious Diseases published guidelines on the post-arrival health assessment of recently arrived refugees. Since then, the number of refugees and asylum seekers reaching Australia has increased substantially (17 555 refugees in 2015-16) and the countries of origin have changed. These groups are likely to have had poor access to health care pre-arrival and, consequently, are at risk of a range of chronic and infectious diseases. We established an advisory group that included infectious diseases physicians, general practitioners, public health specialists, paediatricians and refugee health nurses to update the 2009 guidelines...
April 17, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395374/-i-would-not-even-think-of-applying-barriers-to-claiming-benefits-for-rehabilitation-services-for-children-and-adolescents-from-families-perspectives
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M Jürgensen, N Großmann, U Thyen
Background Medical rehabilitation is recognized as an effective health care service to promote and protect health and social participation of children and adolescents. Although the number of children and adolescents with chronic conditions is growing, applications for rehabilitation have declined substantially since 2008. The aim of the study is to identify barriers that prevent families from claiming benefits for rehabilitation services and to give recommendations for actions. Methods In this explorative study, guided qualitative interviews with families with children and adolescents eligible for benefits were conducted...
April 2017: Die Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393586/evaluation-of-glycated-albumin-ga-and-ga-hba1c-ratio-for-diagnosis-of-diabetes-and-glycemic-control-a-comprehensive-review
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Sara Yazdanpanah, Mohammad Rabiee, Mohammadreza Tahriri, Mojgan Abdolrahim, Asadollah Rajab, Hossein E Jazayeri, Lobat Tayebi
Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by chronic high blood glucose concentrations (hyperglycemia). When it is left untreated or improperly managed, it can lead to acute complications including diabetic ketoacidosis and non-ketotic hyperosmolar coma. In addition, possible long-term complications include impotence, nerve damage, stroke, chronic kidney failure, cardiovascular disease, foot ulcers, and retinopathy. Historically, universal methods to measure glycemic control for the diagnosis of diabetes included fasting plasma glucose level (FPG), 2-h plasma glucose (2HP), and random plasma glucose...
April 10, 2017: Critical Reviews in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392300/glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-agonists-a-class-update-for-treating-type-2-diabetes
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REVIEW
Julie A Lovshin
Current management options for treating type 2 diabetes are diverse. Many different classes of antidiabetes therapies are used in clinic, and several new candidates are in late-phase clinical trial. This therapeutic abundance is a windfall for patients because it facilitates individualized patient care. Evidence-based positioning of these agents is challenging, however, requiring comprehensive and balanced familiarity with each drug class. In this review, I provide a clinical update of glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1RAs), a class of incretin-based, injectable antidiabetes therapies which improve fasting and postprandial blood glucose control through glucose-dependent pancreatic islet cell hormone secretion without significant risks for hypoglycemia...
April 5, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390569/infertility-prevention-and-management
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REVIEW
Emily C Somers, Wendy Marder
Infertility and subfertility, menstrual irregularities, and decreased parity may occur in women with autoimmune diseases due to multiple factors, including underlying inflammatory disease, gonadotoxic medications, and psychosocial issues related to living with chronic disease. Awareness of these factors, as well as validation and support of patients confronting reproductive challenges, is important for providing comprehensive care to these women. An understanding of the expanding options for fertility preservation strategies during gonadotoxic medications is essential...
May 2017: Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388975/psychosocial-work-stressors-work-fatigue-and-musculoskeletal-disorders-comparison-between-emergency-and-critical-care-nurses-in-brunei-public-hospitals
#13
Hanif Abdul Rahman, Khadizah Abdul-Mumin, Lin Naing
PURPOSE: Little evidence estimated the exposure of psychosocial work stressors, work-related fatigue, and musculoskeletal disorders for nurses working in South-East Asian region, and research on this subject is almost nonexistent in Brunei. The main aim of our study was to provide a comprehensive exploration and estimate exposure of the study variables amongst emergency (ER) and critical care (CC) nurses in Brunei. The study also aims to compare whether experiences of ER nurses differ from those of CC nurses...
March 2017: Asian Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384742/how-would-you-manage-opioid-use-in-these-three-patients-grand-rounds-discussion-from-beth-israel-deaconess-medical-center
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Daniel P Alford, Marc L Cohen, Eileen E Reynolds
The increase in overdose deaths from prescription opioids and heroin in the United States over the past 20 years is believed to have resulted from increases in prescription of opioids for management of acute and chronic pain. Managing chronic pain is challenging for primary care clinicians for many reasons, including the lack of evidence to guide practice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a comprehensive guideline in 2016 to help clinicians with opioid prescribing for chronic pain. In this Grand Rounds, the guideline is reviewed and an expert discusses its application to 3 patients prescribed opioids to treat chronic pain...
April 4, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384084/strengthening-integrated-care-through-population-focused-primary-care-services-international-experiences-outside-the-united-states
#15
Rene Loewenson, Sarah Simpson
Many high- and middle-income countries (HMICs) are experiencing a burden of comorbidity and chronic diseases. Together with increasing patient expectations, this burden is raising demand for population health-oriented innovation in health care. Using desk review and country case studies, we examine strategies applied in HMICs outside the United States to address these challenges, with a focus on and use of a new framework for analyzing primary care (PC). The article outlines how a population health approach has been supported by focusing assessment on and clustering services around social groups and multimorbidity, with support for community roles...
March 20, 2017: Annual Review of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381224/informing-primary-care-reform-in-greece-patient-expectations-and-experiences-the-qualicopc-study
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Christos Lionis, Sophia Papadakis, Chrysanthi Tatsi, Antonis Bertsias, George Duijker, Prodromos-Bodosakis Mekouris, Wienke Boerma, Willemijn Schäfer
BACKGROUND: Primary health care is the cornerstone of a high quality health care system. Greece has been actively attempting to reform health care services in order to improve heath outcomes and reduce health care spending. Patient-centered approaches to health care delivery have been increasingly acknowledged for their value informing quality improvement activities. This paper reports the quality of primary health care services in Greece as perceived by patients and aspects of health care delivery that are valued by patients...
April 5, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356728/impact-of-a-copd-comprehensive-case-management-program-on-hospital-length-of-stay-and-readmission-rates
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Abdulmajeed Alshabanat, Michael C Otterstatter, Don D Sin, Jeremy Road, Carmen Rempel, Jane Burns, Stephan F van Eeden, J M FitzGerald
BACKGROUND: COPD accounts for the highest rate of hospital admissions among major chronic diseases. COPD hospitalizations are associated with impaired quality of life, high health care utilization, and poor prognosis and result in an economic and a social burden that is both substantial and increasing. AIM: The aim of this study is to determine the efficacy of a comprehensive case management program (CCMP) in reducing length of stay (LOS) and risk of hospital admissions and readmissions in patients with COPD...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355136/pharmacologic-impact-aka-breaking-bad-of-medications-on-wound-healing-and-wound-development-a-literature-based-overview
#18
Janice M Beitz
Patients with wounds often are provided pharmacologic interventions for their wounds as well as for their acute or chronic illnesses. Drugs can promote wound healing or substantively hinder it; some medications cause wound or skin reactions. A comprehensive review of extant literature was conducted to examine the impact of drug therapy on wound healing and skin health. MEDLINE and the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) were searched for English-language articles published between 2000 and 2016 using the terms drugs, medications, drug skin eruptions, adverse skin reactions, wound healing, delayed wound healing, nonhealing wound, herbals, and herbal supplements...
March 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353221/health-related-quality-of-life-in-chronic-hcv-infected-patients-switching-to-pegylated-interferon-free-regimens-anrs-co20-cupic-cohort-study-and-sirius-trial
#19
Maria Patrizia Carrieri, Camelia Protopopescu, Zobair Younossi, Antoine Vilotitch, Hélène Fontaine, Ventzislava Petrov-Sanchez, Fabienne Marcellin, Fabrice Carrat, Christophe Hézode, Marc Bourlière
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare health-related quality of life (HRQL) during and after hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment in patients receiving pegylated-interferon (PEG-IFN)-containing therapy (including boceprevir or telaprevir-ANRS CO20 CUPIC cohort) who subsequently switched to PEG-IFN-free regimens (sofosbuvir + ledipasvir with or without ribavirin [RBV]-SIRIUS trial). METHODS: Two analyses were performed. The first compared physical (PCS) and mental (MCS) HRQL (MOS SF-12) scores during treatment between CUPIC and SIRIUS...
March 28, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352087/feasibility-and-applicability-of-the-paper-and-electronic-copd-assessment-test-cat-and-the-clinical-copd-questionnaire-ccq-in-primary-care-a-clinimetric-study
#20
J W H Kocks, C M G Blom, M J Kasteleyn, W Oosterom, B J Kollen, T Van der Molen, N H Chavannes
Three questionnaires are recommended in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by the global initiative for obstructive lung disease, of which two are the more comprehensive assessments: the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease assessment test and the clinical chronic obstructive pulmonary disease questionnaire. Both are carefully designed high-quality questionnaires, but information on the feasibility for routine use is scarce. The aim of this study was to compare the time to complete the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease assessment test and the clinical chronic obstructive pulmonary disease questionnaire and the acceptability of the questionnaires...
March 28, 2017: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
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